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Stay Healthy and Avoid Sickness on Vacation

sick-on-vacationThe last thing you want to happen while you are on holiday is to get sick. To stay healthy on vacation there are a few things you can do ahead of time and during your trip to put the odds in your favor.

If you are traveling abroad it is important that you protect yourself by having up to date vaccinations and depending on your destination, you may also need other medications or vaccines to prevent some diseases such as malaria. Your family practitioner can tell you what you need.

If you are currently taking prescribed medications be sure and take enough with you on your trip, and enough for a few extra days just in case you encounter an unexpected delay. Carry any prescriptions in your carry on bag should your luggage get lost. Keep them in their original bottle with the prescribing information label firmly affixed. You may need a letter from your doctor confirming they are prescribed to you if you are traveling to a foreign country.

Pack a first aid kit and bring it with you. Over the counter medicines may not be as easy to come by in other countries as they are here at home. Don’t forget the sunscreen and the Pepto-Bismol tablets, just in case!

You are what you eat, so be careful. I once had a bout of Montezuma’s Revenge after drinking a bottled soda, over foreign ice. The ice was made from contaminated water. Avoid food and drinks from street vendors, undercooked meat or raw seafood and don’t trust fresh fruits and vegetables. I also will only drink bottled water or other beverages in sealed containers, or something that has been boiled like coffee, unless I am at a reputable establishment. I even brush my teeth with bottled water.

It is easy to want to take in all of the sites when you are on vacation, but you really do need to rest properly and stay hydrated. With just these few things in mind you will increase your chance of staying healthy and avoiding sickness on your next vacation.

Do it Yourself Funerals

Bookcase Coffin

Bookcase Coffin

Here is a creepy sign of the times; the state of our economy has caused a revival of the Do-It-Yourself home burial. According to The New York Times, there are now at least 45 organizations around the country that help families bury their loved ones in their backyards, compared to just two in 2002. The rag says the average American traditional funeral costs about $6,000 and, naturally, families and the soon-to-be departed are looking for ways to save. The family the paper interviewed spent just $250 on their father’s burial.

Though a death certificate is required to be obtained by a Certified Medical Examiner, Michael Russell wrote, “A person can either be buried or cremated. However, and this may come as a surprise, there is no law that says that a person must be buried in a cemetery. There are certain health codes that have to be adhered to during a burial, but as far as location, a person can be buried in your back yard if you so prefer.”

It is not uncommon to have the viewing in the parlor of a home, and this is still quite common in many parts of the country, though the funeral home business has become quite popular in the last 75 years.

Our favorite bit from the story was a fellow named Chuck Lakin. The humble old carpenter specializes in multipurpose coffins for home burial and offers advice on his Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life Web site. After all, if you’re going to shell out a couple hundred bucks for a pine box to rot in, might as well have a place to store some of your favorite books while you wait for the hereafter.

Redfish on the Half Shell

redfish_smRedfish are plentiful year round in the waters off Amelia Island and they commonly inhabit waters from 30 to 200 ft, but can be caught as deep as 300 ft (100 m) or more on occasion. They stay relatively close to the bottom, and inhabit rocky bottom, ledges, ridges, and artificial reefs, including shipwrecks. If you’re looking for a new way to prepare them give this a try.

Ingredients:
Redfish filets with the skin on
One – one gallon size zip lock bag
One bottle of Italian dressing
Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Place all the dressing and lots of Worcestershire sauce in a zip lock bag along with the redfish filets and salt and pepper.
Allow to marinate for several hours in the refrigerator.
On a well heated grill place the filets skin side down.
Do not flip the filet.
Cook until flakey basting often with the marinade.
The skin will be completely burned but will stay together.
The meat is easily freed from the skin with a fork or spatula.
Eat until you are full.

Free Ticket to Walt Disney World

disney-mgm-studios-sorcerer-hatWalt Disney World is helping you save money by offering you a FREE admission ticket to any of their four amusement parks on your birthday! For all of 2009, if you plan to visit the park on your birthday, with proper ID, your ticket is free.

The Magic Kingdom covers 107 acres with themed “lands” and plenty of rides and attractions including Cinderella’s castle.

Epcot is a theme park with a World’s Fair atmosphere and it is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. The amusement park focuses on science, inventions and technology and features a variety of countries celebrating their culture, history and cuisine.

The Animal Kingdom is so much more than a zoo! Visitors experience excitement and thrills beyond the imagination with rides, shows and of course, animals.

Disney-MGM is all about making movies with replicas of a New York City Street back lot and 1930s style Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

Besides a free ticket for your birthday, if you are a Florida resident, the park also offers special pricing on tickets and rooms. It has been a couple of years since I’ve packed the family into the car for a trip to Disney, and with discounts and birthday specials like these, you don’t have to be a celebrity or a famous athlete to shout, “I’m going to Disney World!”

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

6-dance-lessons-cropThe Amelia Community Theatre is presenting Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
through August 1, 2009. Started in 1981, this non-profit Community Theatre has loyal audiences and outstanding performances. The theatre is located at 209 Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach and if you are looking for quality entertainment, this is a great place to go.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a comedy that proves friendships can develop even in the most unlikely of circumstances. When Lilly Harrison Arlene Filkoff retires to Florida and signs up for dance lessons, taught in the privacy of her own home. The sparks and banter fly from the very first lesson when her dance instructor, Michael Minetti 9Carey Dresser), shows up at her home.

Directed by Toni D’Amico, Produced by Jayne Jeney and Bob Weintraub is the Stage Manager. Visit the Web site for the performance schedule and directions to the theatre.

Nassau County School Supply Drive

schoo-supply-driveIt is time to start thinking, “Back to school.” School supplies are starting to show up at deep discounts in our local stores and just in time to help out the kids in our community. Consider dropping off a few school supplies at the Bridgeview Self Storage, 474431 E. State Road 200, through August 24, 2009, for this School Supply Drive.

This is a great cause and there is still plenty of time for you to participate. For every donation, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card. This is a very simple way that you can make a difference!

Salmon Cucumber Boats

salmon-cu-boatsLox isn’t just for breakfast anymore. Lox is a salmon fillet that has been cured. Usually it is thinly sliced and commonly served with a bagel, cream cheese and capers. Try partnering lox up with cucumbers and fiber-rich pumpernickel to get a heart-helping serving of omega-3 fatty acids in this Salmon Cucumber Boats recipe.

Ingredients:
1 large orange
6 ounces smoked salmon, cut into 1/2-inch squares
1 large tomato (about 1/4 pound), diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 Cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
4 slices pumpernickel (or whole-wheat pitas)

Directions:
Zest orange over a bowl and cut away the rind.
Section the orange over the bowl, removing membranes and catching juices and sections in your bowl.
Mix in salmon, tomato, onions, basil, oil, pepper and salt.
Divide salmon mixture evenly among cucumber boats. Top each boat with 1 1/2 teaspoons sour cream.
Serve with bread.

Quitting Smoking, It’s the Easiest Thing to Do

Quo Vadis Government?

Quo Vadis Government?

As long as you’re angry enough and know where to direct it (in your head please).
I smoked from age 15 to 43, quit for 11 years and started back up for about 4-1/2 years until I quit finally and for the last time in this lifetime a little over 3 weeks ago. And no, don’t say 3 weeks does not constitute quitting. Those 3 weeks are supposedly the hardest. But in my case it was easy as pie.
Why? Because I knew the exact outlet to blame and despise: The federal and (FL) state governments who so offhandedly added another $1.70 in taxes to a pack of cigarettes recently.

Now let me backtrack a little.

I’m the first one to admit that smoking has some negative side effects on a person’s health, but so do dozens of other habits, like obesity, couch potato behavior, breathing city fumes, drinking fluoride water and most of all stress. Stress is the ultimate killer of energy and a person without energy is on the way to the grave.

In the years that I smoked I was also physically quite active, sports and lifestyle wise. I could and did run 10k’s several times a week, especially before going to bed around midnight. I swam huge distances in the summer and climbed snow covered hills instead of taking the ski lifts in the winter. Breathing was never a problem. It only became a slight problem when I quit doing those things for a while because life got too busy and sedentary. I never really had the urge to quit until I moved back to Florida from the Caribbean in 1994. A carton of cigarettes on the island of St.Maarten was $11 then, hardly a reason to quit smoking. When I moved back I faced a $25 a carton price tag, while also becoming a social outcast in the process, and from one moment to the next I decided to quit. I have always done my utmost to avoid paying taxes I ‘m not legally required to, to any government that has stolen or defaced a constitution or abused human rights.
So that first time around it was easy to quit.

But then I picked up smoking again when I moved back down to the islands and found myself in a very stressful circumstance which gave me enough excuse to¬† pick up the habit again and at $12-$14 a carton at least my tax dollars were not tobacco-taxessupporting another incompetent group of “law makers” on a-grab-as-you-can ride-of-their-life.

Even though I was now in my fifties, I really did not feel any negative health effects at all. Now mind you, I’m still not saying smoking is good for you, beyond maybe a bit of stress relief on occasion. There is too much proof to the contrary. Fact is however that a good life is a good life and should be a person’s totally individual choice, whether it’s long or short, whether it includes smoking or not or eating greasy hamburgers every day of their life, that’s what freedom of choice is all about.
I know plenty of people here in Fernandina Beach who like smoking; they like the taste and they like the social interaction and they would never give up the habit if it were not for the fact that it has become cost prohibitive. Some of them are seriously considering leaving the country because of this never ending attack on personal rights and sanctity.

Well….as I said in the beginning of this story, it’s easier to quit if you’re angry enough.
Think about it. I had to run an errand today and my brother asked me on my way out if I could pick up some cigarettes for him…L&M, apparently a brand that functions as a last price barrier resort for smokers. Walgreen’s and CVS sold out the brand over the weekend, so I checked Smile Gas on Sadler who didn’t carry the brand because they didn’t have any demand for it.(? Marketing gone wrong I guess??).
Anyway I finally turn my sights on Food Lion across the street and find out that a pack of L&M is already super premium priced at $4.99, the same pack my brother apparently bought a day earlier for a little over $3.
Now the real clincher here is this: I buy two packs with a price tag of $9.98 and then they charge an ADDITIONAL 7% SALES TAX. Paying taxes over taxes. Now that is gall. Don’t expect me to smoke any time soon again.

fat-policeLook into your future people and pick the clear moment that government is going to tax your particular “sins”. When all smokers have quit because it is too expensive, the government will lose billions in tax revenue they get from tobacco. They certainly aren‚Äôt going to cut spending, we‚Äôve seen that. So where do you think they will regain that revenue? What sin will they go after next? And here is an interesting thought for you. Those same folks in Washington and your state capitals who are taxing the crap out of tobacco, all in the name of protecting our health of course, want to legalize smoking marijuana.

After all they always say “It happens first in California.” And the discussions there have already turned the corner from “NEVER” to “Let’s Have a Look at This”.

Successful Sports Weekend at the Beach

swimLast Saturday morning held a bit of nostalgia for me. Having been a competitive swimmer in a rapidly fading past, I went out to check on the respective talents represented at the Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge, a USMS sanctioned annual event on Main Beach and the DRC Triathlon which was organized on the opposite site of our fabulously long beach at Peters Point.

It was a sporty beautiful morning which attracted 347 triathloners and 68 open water challengers. The news should have mentioned somewhere that it would be better to avoid Fletcher Drive this particular morning, especially at Peter’s Point, as many of the bicyclists and motorists found themselves alternately time stranded, as the sheriff’s office let cars and other traffic go through while competitors had to wait. Understandable dilemma that should have been better addressed as I witnessed one particular cyclist loosing a 1 minute and 47 seconds waiting for traffic to pass. I know because I filmed the whole episode. (I would have been ticked off being fiercely competitive myself). Anyway, the sportsmanship was as exemplary as the results were impressive.

Watch the video and see the spellbinding photo finish of the One Miler at the Open Water Challenge, an event head sponsored by the city of Fernandina Beach and a handful of very community minded businesses and organizations, as the proceeds from this event benefit a program that teaches local children how to swim. Living on an island, I would encourage everyone to learn to swim. Race Director Scott Mikelson supplied me with that information.

While looking to find some more information on Ed Gaw, whom the challenge was named after, especially after meeting Ed Gaw junior and his mom, I was a little disappointed to find that the website www.aiowc.org was not online anymore.

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Goffinsville Park, A Jewel of the Community

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Nassau County, Florida, is announcing the Grand Opening of Goffinsville Park off of Old Nassauville Road, CR 107, in Nassauville. What was once a semi-maintained boat ramp, is now indeed a park the County should be very proud of and it is loaded with state of the art amenities. We were given a personalized tour by the Building Maintenance Construction Supervisor for the county, William Stonebreaker.

There are thousands of feet of nature trails that wind through the park and around the playground equipment that is approved for children up to 15 years of age and the entire park is accessible. Installed over Vitriturf, a “fall zone material”, the playground’s floor is made up of recycled tires and provides a cushioned floor creating an added safety feature for the children who are playing on this new equipment.

There are six covered picnic pavilions and the county plans to add a grill station to each one, but they won’t be installed before the Grand Opening on Wednesday morning, July 22. The celebration will be attended by the County Commissioners, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for 10:00 AM, complete with donated door prizes such as dinner gift certificates and rods and reels.

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The rest rooms have an energy efficient instant hot water feature, and are located on the waterfront side of the concession stand that will eventually be leased to a company to sell bait, refreshments and ice to boaters, fisherman, kayakers and picnic goers.

The ample parking area has single spots for cars, trucks and minivans and larger spaces have been designed for parking vehicles pulling boat trailers. The boat ramp is 118 feet long and provides 6 foot of water at low tide. Sorry Kayakers, but the kayak launch is a floating dock located next to the boat ramp. A separate lighted 152 foot fishing pier is located to the north of the boat ramp and has some built in seating.

After our “sneak peak” of the park, Mr. Stonebreaker, who had referred to the park as a “Jewel of the community”, called it correctly! This project was sponsored in part by Florida Communities Trust using Florida Forever Funds. We were thoroughly impressed at the thought, planning and quality of workmanship that went into this waterfront park. Our entire community will enjoy Goffinsville Park for many years to come!

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Airport Restaurant Donates Profits to Children’s Charities

sammys-beach-bar-and-grillWhen your travels take you through the Las Vegas Airport, there is a fun little restaurant called Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill and they donate all of their profits to local children’s charities. This restaurant is owned by Sammy Hagar, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hagar’s personality adds to the casual, beach inspired decor and memorabilia from his musical career, including time spent as a member of Van Halen, adorn the walls.

Sammy Hagar finally found worldwide success in the food and entertainment industry with his chain of Cabo Wabo Cantinas and a tequila company. Opening an establishment in McCarran International Airport appeared to be the logical encore performance. By adopting the thought, “You are never as tall as when you kneel to help a child” Sammy Hagar has dedicated his profits from this restaurant through the Hagar Family Foundation, a private non-profit organization that was established in 2008, knowing that he can make a difference by helping kids in need.

Hagar also has a Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill located in Harrahs, in St. Louis, where once again 100% of Hagar’s profits from the restaurant are donated to St. Louis through his Family Foundation.

King and Spanish Mackerel on the Grill

kingfish-recipeKingfish is a favorite catch around Amelia Island and Northeast Florida, Spanish mackerel, too. With the Fernandina Beach Kingfish behind us and the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament next week, we thought the timing was perfect to share a local’s recipe for King and Spanish mackerel on the Grill.

Ingredients:
1 small to medium sized kingfish filet
1 cup of Italian dressing
1 package of bacon
Toothpicks

Directions:
-Begin by cutting the kingfish filet into 1” sections then carefully slice out round medallions of meat from each steak.
-Place the fish and the Italian dressing together in a zip lock bag and marinate for an hour or two.
-After marinating, wrap each medallion with a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
-Grill each piece for a few minutes on each side on a hot well oiled grill until the fish is done and the bacon is starting to get crispy.
-Enjoy

An Old Farmer’s Advice

farmerWords of wisdom and advice from an old farmer offer insight and experience on how to live life. Some of the rules are funny and some are right on track. It is a light read, go on now and enjoy yer’self!

By: Anonymous

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain Dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Never fight with a woman. You’ll lose.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Cremation Ashes Mistaken for Cocaine

cremation-ashesFact or Fiction?
‚ÄúWhen southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich’s house was burglarized recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch. What they did take, however, was a generic white cardboard box filled with a grayish-white powder. (That’s the way the police report described it.) A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said that it looked similar to high-grade cocaine and they’d probably thought they’d hit the big time.

Later, Nathan stood in front of numerous TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars. “Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago.”

The next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a local drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan’s doorstep. The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude’s ashes remained. Scotch taped to the box was this note which said: ‚ÄúHoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day.‚Äù

Check the Snopes Web site for yourself and find out which part of the story is fact and which part is fiction.

Aged News versus Relevant Fresh News

internet-pix1Susan Doyle would have stayed a remarkably talented 47 year old unknown in Scotland without Internet Video.

My personal guru and part time internet marketing mentor Ken McCarthy is one who keeps at least 4 fingers on the pulse of every major development in internet marketing and technology. He’s not one of those “gurus” that needs to send you 5 emails a day to get the message across or have you buy something you cannot do without. Twice a week at best and the content is relevant and sometimes explosive, but always eye opening. During “the Winter I Stayed in Wisconsin” about 4 years ago, I met Ken on his System seminar which he faithfully organizes every year in Chicago around the time spring makes a serious effort in those areas. Now Ken is truly one of the pioneers who was there at the dawn of the internet, so it is not unusual for him to attract people from all over the world to come to this 3 day event where he shares a world of knowledge. During this seminar he put a lot of emphasis on the then upcoming phenomenon of internet video and his vision that it was going to explode, take over the internet and shake up everyone in TV and media land beyond recognition. Internet video was absolutely going to change the way of information transmission and reception. And frankly it did.

In the early days of Internet video,¬† legions of self proclaimed Internet video experts would loudly tell anyone who would listen that Internet videos had to be short or no one would watch them. Others loudly announced that internet video was a fad and that it would not be able to sustain itself financially. Yet others, mainstream traditionalists, vented that bandwith would be insufficient¬† and cost prohibitive. And then there were the pseudo scientific idiots who claimed that “Viewership drops off dramatically after two minutes.”
Of course you nitwits, viewership drops off dramatically at the beginning, simply because the video in question is not a fit for all the viewers who clicked on it. Those who are interested in the topic will watch much longer videos – and do so gladly.

This is what Ken wrote me this morning:
Imagine if the Nielsen ratings counted all the views of people who channel surfed cable twenty times a minute. 2 seconds here on Program A. 5 seconds there on Program B. 3 seconds there. 1 second there.

By that logic cable and network TV shows should only be 5 seconds long because “the metrics” show that viewership drops dramatically after five seconds.

Well, until recently, the idiot analysts were winning. Not because they were right, but because they had the momentum of unconsidered opinion behind them. Well, the now latest stats are in and.. Here comes the reality check:

-  Internet video is mainstream now with about 150 million viewers in the US alone (about half the population) and the average viewer is watching 97 videos per month.  Pretty amazing when you consider just five years ago, the typical Internet user was watching zero videos per month.

– While last year, the top 25 shows on blip.tv averaged under five minutes. This year the number is up to 14 minutes, roughly THREE TIMES longer – an increase accomplished in just 12 months!

-¬† Netflix has made over 12,000 feature length films available to its customers for instant streaming – and no one’s complaining “they’re too long” or there is not sufficient bandwith.

My wife catches the TV shows she has missed at the convenience of her own schedule on her laptop. I haven’t gotten around to taking my laptop to bed (yet) but she is the early innovator in the household, meaning on several nights during the week, she is sitting propped up with pillows doing late night eBay bidding or selling or is watching soaps, reality shows (?) or sitcoms on her laptop. And yes, there is a TV in our bedroom, displaying a blank screen most of the time.

Dina Kaplan, co-founder of Blip.TV says: “People are getting more comfortable, for better or worse, bringing a computer to bed with them.”

As for computers in bed, I think things are really going to take off when one of the high tech nerd scientists makes it brain-dead simple to search and stream online video with a TV remote and watch it on your TV set.¬† If that doesn’t toll the death knell for TV networks as we know it, it’ll be the last hymn.

And for those who insist that only quality can make someone watch for longer than 5 minutes: big fat lie!
It turns out that it’s not quality that matters. It’s relevance.
To paraphrase Ken on this one:

“If I am a left handed Lesbian lacrosse fan from Lithuania, I’ll watch HOURS of left handed Lesbian lacrosse content from Lithuania. Quality doesn’t hurt, but it runs a distant second to relevance”.

1) Your quality has to be “good enough” to not be totally annoying and

2) There isn’t another left handed Lesbian Lithuanian lacrosse channel out there that does a better job than yours because no matter how we improve the medium, normal people only want to watch one program at a time.

And this is how the future will present itself and why we have launched the new endeavor of SearchAmelia.TV

We’re rapidly heading to narrowcasting, even if a few topics – sports, financial reporting, and big news – still will command traditional big audiences.

The future market for the traditional TV boils down to the following markets:
1) the technically backward,
2) the institutionalized (in prison, in hospitals, in nursing homes),
3) three year olds and younger who don’t yet have the cognitive skills to manage a remote.

As newspapers have already died but just haven’t published their own obituary yet, the message to broadcast and cable is the same: Change or die.

When we started SearchAmelia.com a little over a year ago, we put a lot of emphasis on relevant content and video reporting, with the eventual objective to initiate global streaming of news and events happening in our little corner of the world. We decided that good news, informative and relevant would be our niche market; there is already enough bad news that airs via the traditional airwaves and media. Good news is our niche market. We want to highlight positive developments, spotlight inspiring people, remarkable people and their accomplishments.

That’s our relevance and not whether we have obtained a $76 license to operate a minuscule part of our operation inside of our city boundaries. It’s not that we portray arrogance here, it’s more about relevance in a much bigger picture. We however thank the local newspaper for abundantly pointing out that we were operating illegally, an oversight on our behalf that has been swiftly corrected. We are proud to announce that licenses have been properly applied for and that SearchAmelia.tv will soon air a program to clarify for businesses and individuals when and how to apply for and obtain a business license in Fernandina Beach.

PS – no license is needed if you operate a business in Nassau County, although it is not entirely clear yet if you don’t need a license if you have a county business but sell products inside of the city limits during an Event like the Shrimp Festival or the Kingfish Tournament or Freedom Fest in Central Park. Stay tuned, we’ll have answers soon.